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Human Rights and Conflict Resolution

Bridging the Theoretical and Practical Divide, 1st Edition

Edited by Claudia Fuentes Julio, Paula Drumond


282 pages

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Human rights and conflict resolution have been traditionally perceived as two separate fields, sometimes in competition or in tension and occasionally with contradictory approaches towards achieving a lasting peace. Although human rights norms have been incorporated and institutionalized by various national, regional, and international organizations that deal with conflict resolution, negotiators and mediators are often pressured in practice to overlook international human rights principles in favor of compliance and more immediate outcomes. The chapters in this volume navigate the relationship between human rights and conflict resolution by fleshing out practical, conceptual, and institutional encounters of the two agendas and engaging with lessons learned and windows of opportunities for mutual learning.

Recognizing the increasing relevance of this debate and important gaps in the current research on the topic, this book addresses the following questions:

  • How can we improve our practical and theoretical understanding of the complementarity between human rights and conflict resolution? How would a human rights-based approach to conflict resolution look like?
  • How are international, regional, and national organizations promoting, implementing, and/or adapting to better coordinate between human rights and conflict resolution?
  • Building on empirical evidence from contemporary conflict resolution processes, how have human rights been integrated in different efforts on the ground? What are the main lessons learned in this regard?

Examining a wide range of countries and issues, this work is essential reading for human rights, conflict resolution, and security experts including scholars, diplomats, policy-makers, civil society representatives, and students of international politics.


"With peace agreement implementation now understood as closely related to conflict prevention, this important and timely collection contains important contributions from some of the founders of the field and some new and important voices. I strongly recommend it to those concerned with moving from conflict to peace in more transformative ways."

- Christine Bell, Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Edinburgh, UK.

"This book provides something much needed: an exploration of the complex, yet fundamental relationship between human rights and conflict resolution. In a period when human rights are increasingly under pressure, it reminds us that we cannot sacrifice fundamental human rights in our search for peace. Building on both theory and practice, it illustrates the value of more engagement and mutual learning among researchers and practitioners in this field."

- Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council and former UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.

"A wide ranging set of essays at multiple levels of analysis shows how a human rights perspective can deepen, extend, and enrich the theory and practice of conflict resolution in a surprising range of ways. A truly innovative approach to a topic of great importance."

- Jack Donnelly, Andrew Mellon Professor, University of Denver, USA.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Human Rights and Conflict Resolution: Bridging the Gap?

Claudia Fuentes Julio and Paula Drumond

PART I: Conflict Resolution and Human Rights: An Introduction

2The Transformative Potential of Human Rights in Conflict Resolution

Michelle Parlevliet

3 The Place of Human Rights in the Twenty-First Century Peace System

Oliver P. Richmond

4 Human Rights Issues and Dilemmas in Contemporary Peace Mediation

Katia Papagianni

PART II: Integrating human rights and conflict resolution: institutional experiences

5 International Human Rights Institutions and Conflict Resolution

Florian Hoffmann and Andrea Ribeiro Hoffmann

6 Regional Organization, Human Rights and Conflict Resolution

Renata Summa and Monica Herz

7 Truth versus/and Justice: the case of the Brazilian National Truth Commission

Carolina de Campos Melo

8 Human Rights Non-Governmental Organizations in Conflict Transformation

Anja Mihr

PART III: Advancing human rights in conflict resolution: contemporary challenges and case studies

9 Engaging Armed Groups in Conflict Resolution from a Human Rights Perspective

David Petrasek

10 Integrating Gender into Conflict Resolution and Human Rights Discourses: Rethinking the Politics of Dialogue in Israel, Palestine, and the North of Ireland

Simona Sharoni

11 Human Rights and the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Agreements

Raslan Ibrahim and Edy Kaufman

12 Between Peace and Justice: The Role of Human Rights Norms in Colombia’s Peace Process

Sandra Borda and Martha Gutiérrez

13 Conclusion: Integrating Human Rights into Conflict Resolution: Lessons Learned and Opportunities for Engagement

Claudia Fuentes Julio and Paula Drumond

About the Editors

Claudia Fuentes Julio is Assistant Professor at the International Relations Institute at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio).

Paula Drumond is an assistant professor at the International Relations Institute at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (IRI/PUC-Rio) and researcher of the Global South Unit for Mediation.

About the Series

Global Institutions

The "Global Institutions Series" is edited by Thomas G. Weiss (The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA) and Rorden Wilkinson (University of Sussex, UK).

The Series has two "streams" identified by their covers:

  • Blue covers offer comprehensive, accessible, and informative guides to the history, structure, and activities of key international organizations, and introductions to topics of key importance in contemporary global governance. Recognized experts use a similar structure to address the general purpose and rationale for specific organizations along with historical developments, membership, structure, decision-making procedures, key functions, and an annotated bibliography and guide to electronic sources.
  • Red covers consist of research monographs and edited collections that advance knowledge about one aspect of global governance; they reflect a wide variety of intellectual orientations, theoretical persuasions, and methodological approaches.

Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / International